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Lower back pain - need advice regarding exercise and physical therapy

Hi,
I am 32 years old male. I have recently developed sciatica like pain and pain in lower back. Hence MRI was advised to me. MRI report suggests L4-5 disc protrusion with mild neural foraminal stenosis and mild spinal stenosis. Multilevel disc bulging and mild foraminal stenoses.

I am looking for experts advice on what kind of exercises I need to do in order to prevent the further complications. Note - I have been working out for many years and would like to continue to do. Shall I continue doing weight lifting or do I need to stop? Also what kind of specific exercises would be useful in my case?

Any advise would be helpful and would really appreciate the response.

Thanks
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  • LizLiz Posts: 8,363
    edited 04/12/2017 - 2:29 AM
    Hello sms84
    There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • KayakerKayaker Posts: 6
    edited 06/11/2017 - 5:22 PM
    It's important that you work with a professional to develop the right exercises. Either a PT or physiotherapist. One thing  I have been told with disc problems is to drink plenty of water!
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  • Hi I agree,  Look for expert PT or physiotherapy.  I did after my first disc bulge and got great help.  Generally the theme goes weights bad, core muscles good.  At the moment it sounds like everything is mild so get professional help.  Believe me you don't want to get to moderate or severe.
  • Sms84...as mentioned above, no doctors here just people with practical experience we would rather not have. We know what you are going through, pain is part of it but the frustration of not being able to do what we enjoy is something that challenges us all.

    You've done well to have an MRI already, and as the others have said get advice from a good PT before proceeding.

    In my case I had tried physio before having an MRI. Physio didn't work but that was because they were targeting the wrong cause, once I'd had the MRI the advice was stop everything straight away...as well as the blown disc my spine was unstable.

    A physiotherapist/PT can use the info from your MRI and give you right exercises to help you and can let you know what might still be ok for you when working out...if giving up weights for a while now helps you manage your injury then it will be worth it.

    Take care and look after yourself.
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